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Message from Mrs S. Young - Vice Principal - Student Development and Well Being

posted 30 Jul 2013, 04:48 by Web Admin   [ updated 30 Jul 2013, 04:48 by H Slim ]

Dear Parent,

I am writing to alert you to the existence of ask.fm which is a social networking website where people can send and receive anonymous questions and comments, and can connect through Facebook and Twitter accounts. The website allows for online conversations and does not require the user to reveal their identities.

You may already be aware of recent media reports linking ask.fm to suicides and serious bullying because the anonymous nature of the site makes it very difficult to identify the perpetrators.

Whilst the site is blocked from access at school we have been made aware that some Clacton Coastal Academy students are using the site at home. We therefore urge you to find out if your child has been using ask.fm and to warn them against possible bullying on the site.

Parents are advised to check their child’s Facebook or Twitter pages to see if they are registered for ask.fm. As always, we recommend that parents monitor all of their children’s internet activity but this site has been drawn to our attention as being of particular concern.

If you wish to find out more about online safety, you may want to visit the parents section ofhttp://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ where there is more information about helping to keep your child safe online.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs S. Young
Vice-Principal - Student Development and Well Being